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Tyjuanna Jackson
Brook Is in Quarantine
Brook is in Quarantine is about a new normal seen through the eyes of a teenager. The coronavirus affected all lives in some way. Our world went from being able to breath freely anywhere to having to wear a mask in all places outside of your home, leaving friends and family unrecognizable because of having to wear a mask. Hugs and kisses ended because of the fear of being infected with the coronavirus. Everyone tried not to touch anything if they weren’t wearing gloves. Even with wearing gloves we all were washing and sanitizing our hands more than ever before. The grocery store aisles were full of food and essential supplies at one time. When the coronavirus happened everyone attempted to buy in bulk leaving the shelves looking like bare bones. There was a limited number of shoppers allowed in the stores to shop, leaving lines of shoppers outside waiting to get in to shop. There was no more standing close in line conversing with other shoppers while waiting to check out, now everyone has to stand six feet apart. There were markings on the floor to show exactly where to stand. The hospitals and Emergency rooms were overwhelmed with patients while the staff was over worked trying to save lives. Everyone that walked in hospital and dr’s offices had to have their temperature taken and given a mask if they did not have one. Since there is little known about the coronavirus some none essential jobs closed leaving employees working from home and many even losing their jobs. Many times the pastor spoke about a time will come when we will not be able to go to church, who know it would happen in our lifetime? Church services were held by video conference or on a conference call. This has been a difficult time because fellowshipping with church members ended. Visiting family and friends came to a halt. Contacting family and friends by video and phone calls is not the same. Just a hug from a parent, sibling, grandparent or grandchild, aunt and uncle was not missed until they were missed. The coronavirus has taught me that life if precious and we should not take another day for granted. Thanking God, praying and keeping him first in our lives should be a daily occurance. We must keep the faith and believe and God’s will, will be done in our lives. We should not only pray when something is going wrong, we should pray, believe and have faith all of the time. The coronavirus is something new and we don’t fully understand it but, as Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust In the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 5 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 5 out of 10
Overall: 5.25 out of 10


Plot/Idea: This children's book guide to enduring the challenges of a pandemic is earnest and heartfelt. Very young children who have faced the same circumstances will welcome the guidance it offers.

Prose: The writing style is approachable for young readers seeking answers about the strange realities of living through a global pandemic.

Originality: Brook Is in Quarantine is admirable in its attempts to explain to young children why a pandemic like Covid-19 has upended so many lives.

Character Development/Execution: The focus of this story is on explaining to children the importance of practices like washing hands and social distancing during a pandemic. Character development is secondary to the messages being delivered. 

Date Submitted: August 25, 2022